France: Protesters clash with police over new security law

Tens of thousands demonstrate nationwide against security legislation that would restrict sharing images of police.

28 Nov 2020

Police and demonstrators have clashed in Paris as tens of thousands took the streets to protest against new security legislation, a controversy intensified by the beating and racial abuse of a Black man by officers that shocked France.

The demonstrations against the security law – which would restrict the police officers’ faces – took place nationwide on Saturday with 46,000 marching in Paris according to the government and several fires erupting after clashes.

The case of abuse shocked France with celebrities and politicians alike condemning the officers’ actions, and has brought the debate over President Emmanuel Macron’s law to boiling point.

Macron on Friday called the incident an “unacceptable attack” and asked the government to come up with proposals to “fight against discrimination”.

He said the images of the beating of Black music producer Michel Zecler by police officers in Paris last weekend “shame us”.

The incident has magnified concerns about alleged systemic racism in the police force.